Since signing to the Queens MC in 2011, Shawty Lo has maintained that the connection is based on the very real notion that two business-minded people can come from two different worlds, ultimately meeting in the middle to break bread. According to Lo, he’s had complete creative control thus far while in this dual partnership with 50 Cent’s G-Unit imprint. “I sent it up to 50 and everyone at the label as soon as I did it,” he says, “I like to get everyone’s opinion. 50 loves it.” When asked about whether or not the Street King has applied any pressure for him to release an album, Lo is refreshingly honest about the reason he’s in no hurry. “There’s no pressure. I don’t want to put out an album,” he says simply, “Me and 50 have a 50/50 partnership…”

“I’m the CEO of my label,” he adds, “But before I put out an album, I’d like to be… Um, I want to be hot. I don’t wanna put out an album when I ain’t hot or the album ain’t gon’ sell.” Wiser words have never been spoken.

With a clear goal in mind, Shawty Lo is already working towards having a pretty hot summer. The visuals for “Petition” and “New Money” have already made their mark on the Internet and the upcoming release of the “Duffle Bag” video should keep the momentum going. He may even go on tour and Lo says anything could happen. “Whatever the streets demand, I’m doing,” he vows, “I ain’t gon’ stop. I got plans for the whole GHF/D4L movement. G-Unit.”

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